Fishing News and Information

Greensboro angler catches limit of king mackerel – from a kayak

It's no secret that Yaupon Beach Reef (AR 425) holds a variety of fish. It is arguably the most popular of all the artificial reefs overseen and maintained by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and in the past few years has attracted a new user group. Kayak anglers have discovered the productive reef is only about a 30 minute paddle from several Oak Island beach accesses, and they have been venturing to the artificial reef on an almost daily basis this fall. On October 21, Mark Patterson of Greensboro launched through the Oak Island surf shortly after sunrise and returned around 1:30 P.M. with a limit of king mackerel.

Patterson's kings were all in the 20 to 30 pound range. It's probably a good thing they weren't larger; he didn't have a large fish box or cooler to store them. They were in a thermal bag strapped to the bow of his kayak and all the tails were sticking out. The longest king was 45.5 inches and weighed 27.9 pounds. The next longest weighed 24.3 pounds. The shortest was only an inch or so less and was estimated at 20 pounds. That's a lot of steaks and fillets for a fishing trip that only burned about a half gallon of gas in the truck to get to and from the beach access.  

October 26, 2015 at 6:58 am

Reel Anarchy wins SKA National Championship

The 2015 Southern Kingfish Association’s National Championship, held out of Morehead City, ended today, and Reel Anarchy held onto their day one lead to take the championship in the Open Division. The team lead by a good margin after day one with their 51.94-pound fish, and they added a 40.52-pounder today, giving them an overall weight of 92.46-pounds, which gave them the win by more than 12-pounds.

Team Animal House took second place. They added a 41.75-pound fish today to their 38.67 king from yesterday, finishing with 80.42-pounds. Spiced Rum III took third place with 79.45-pounds by bringing a 45.75-pounder to the scales today, which improved their 33.7-pound king on day one.

October 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Team Reel Anarchy leads SKA Nationals after day 1

Day one of the 26th Annual Southern Kingfish Association National Championship is in the books, and Team Reel Anarchy sits atop the leaderboard. The fishing starts back tomorrow in Morehead City, and the new champion will be crowned during the Title Championship Awards Ceremony Sunday morning.

With a weight of 51.94-pounds, Team Reel Anarchy finished day one more than 8-pounds ahead of 2nd-place team OIFC, who weighed in 43.93-pounds. Hot Hooks sits in 3rd place with 43.87-pounds, followed by Liquid Fire, whose 41.87-pound weigh-in has them sitting in 4th place.

October 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Tuckertown flathead bite on fire for anglers who find the current

When Stanley Correll of Catawba Lakes Guide Service reported a tremendous catch of 53 flathead catfish up to 60 pounds from Tuckertown Lake this past Sunday, he predicted the bite might last through Thanksgiving.

For at least one day this week, he was correct. On Wednesday, on a 4 1/2-hour trip to Tuckertown, Correll’s party of three fishermen boated 45 more flatheads, including three in the 35-pound class, a handful more in the 20-pound class and dozens of fish between 5 and 15 pounds.

October 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Wilmington angler catches 98-pound wahoo off of Carolina Beach

When Filipe Balbino of Wilmington gathered visiting friends and family last Saturday for a relaxing fishing trip, he wasn’t planning on doing battle with a nearly triple digit wahoo. However, while trolling for king mackerel near Carolina Beach, his crew decked a 72-inch, 98.2 pound beast that struck not one, but two of his king rigs.

After stopping to net a morning’s supply of fresh pogies outside of Carolina Beach Inlet, Balbino set sail with his 6-man crew to a king mackerel hotspot. Resting 10 miles offshore, the 10-Mile Boxcars is an artificial reef submerged in 60 feet of water and comprised of 10 railroad boxcars plus chunks of concrete.

October 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

Stanley’s Ribbit Runt

Ann Thomasson Wilson knows a good artificial lure when she sees one.

October 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Goldsboro angler catches 50.1-pound king mackerel from Seaview Pier

George Wulgemuth had a feeling early on the morning of October 9 that it had potential to be a special day. His feeling was correct and it was Wulgemuth, of Goldsboro, who played the biggest role in making it a day he - and numerous other fishermen on Seaview Pier at North Topsail Beach - will remember for years. Before the day was over, Wulgemuth landed a king mackerel that weighed 50.1 pounds, far exceeding his previous personal best.

As Wulgemuth walked out onto the pier the sun was just beginning to peek over the eastern horizon to welcome a beautiful fall day at the N.C. Coast. Wulgemuth felt the conditions were right for a fall king run. He was correct, but he was going to have to wait a while for the action to fire up.

October 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Wrightsville Beach guide says use these lures for hot trout action

The fall trout bite is as hot as it’s been all year in the Wrightsville Beach area, and Capt. Jot Owens of Jot it Down Charters has a few favorite lures that are all hooking plenty of specks right now. Soft plastic grubs and hard plugs make up the bulk of his arsenal this time of year.

“Specks aren’t too hard to catch, but knowing what lures to use and when can really make a difference in how many you catch,” said Owens.

Owens said anglers who use the following lures should find success this time of year:

October 21, 2015 at 11:48 am

Duo boats 55 catfish at Tuckertown Lake, including a 60-pounder

A fishing trip that almost didn’t happen wound up being the best in a Lenoir guide’s long career. On Oct. 18, Stanley Correll of Catawba Lakes Guide Service, nearly cancelled a trip when two buddies cancelled out at the last minute, but his decision to head to Tuckertown Lake to target flathead catfish action worked out.

Correll and buddy Joe Montelongo of Morganton didn’t get on the water at the 2,600-acre reservoir on the Yadkin River until after noon, but by the time they ran out of bait at 10 p.m., they had landed 55 catfish: an 8-pound channel, a 12-pound blue and 53 flatheads. Their biggest flathead was a 60-pounder that Montelongo wrestled over the railing of Correll’s pontoon boat. The long-time guide said he and Montelongo caught two fish between 40 and 50 pounds, three more between 30 and 40, and a total of 28 fish that weighed at least 20 pounds.

October 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm

High-tech developments haven’t changed sonar basics

Current-generation sonar units show the underwater world with a level of realism fishermen could only dream of 30 or 40 years ago.

October 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

Davidson County 5-year old sets new IGFA catfish record

A Davidson County kindergarten student is a world-record holder after the International Game Fishing Association certified his catch of a 28-pound, 8-ounce flathead catfish in July at High Rock Lake as the world record for that species in the 50-pound line class. 

Luke Harvell, 5, of Lexington, caught the fish at around 1 a.m. on July 19, fishing with his father, Ricky, close to the NC 8 boating access area of High Rock.

October 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

Try these 6 crankbaits for late October bass

October is the best month of the year to fish a crankbait for bass. Fish will be on sharp drops, and a lot of them will have moved up into that 7- to 10-foot range, especially toward the end of the month. You need to make long casts with a crankbait that’s got a wide wobble.

That’s why I’m so excited this month. On Oct. 6, six hard baits that I had a hand in designing will be available from Berkley. They were introduced at the ICAST show this past summer, and they’re already being shipped to retailers. You might not be able to put your hands on one until the latter part of the month, but you need to put them in front of a fish while they’re inclined to hit a plug.

October 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

Top 4 tips to catch more flounder

Take a horse-carriage tour through Wilmington and you’ll learn that no Civil War battles took place in the city; the battle for this town happened on the ocean. For Capt. Dennis Barbour of Island Tackle & Hardware, the war is still there, but instead of North vs. South, it’s man vs. flounder. 

Barbour has a few tips that can help anglers land more flounder in these waters, which are littered with civil war wrecks, the remnants of mostly Yankee ships that sunk while blockading or bombarding Fort Fisher. These remnants are what the flounder come for, and it’s what keeps Barbour and other anglers coming back too. A few tips from Barbour can help other anglers land their share of these flatfish.

October 15, 2015 at 8:09 am

Summer scouting equals fall fish

Dylan Fulk said that bass fisherman can get a head start on great fall fishing during the summer. 

October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Wilmington’s rivers

Four rivers are fishable around Wilmington, with the Cape Fear being the primary artery for travel and fishing activity. It begins where the Haw and Deep rivers merge below Jordan Lake near Moncure. The Cape Fear is also dammed near Riegelwood, Elizabethtown and Tar Heel, with locks at each to allow navigation. 

October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Working the tide

Bass pro Mike Lanier of Winnabow emphasizes that the rivers around Wilmington are tidal, and that understanding this is key for fishing success. 

October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Know what you can catch and keep

License requirements change at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which carries US 17 Business/US 76/US 421 across the river in WIlmington. All waters upriver are classified as Inland Waters, and a freshwater fishing license is required. Blanket licenses that guides use to cover their parties are not valid in inland waters.

October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Loop knot creates more action

Many anglers have been fishing with someone, casting identical lures, with one angler catching fish and the other catching nothing.

October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am